UK Speech Social Program

On the evening of Monday 24th June there will be a drinks reception in the University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum of Geology followed by an al fresco dinner next to the newly landscaped “Green Heart” in the centre of the University campus.

Drinks Reception

The drinks reception will take place in Birmingham University’s Lapworth Museum of Geology, between 6pm and 7.30pm on Monday 24th June.

The museum is just a few minute’s walk from the UK Speech conference venue. The museum explores life over the past 3.5 billion years and showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections, with state-of-the-art galleries and a range of innovative and interactive exhibits. The museum has recently benefitted from a £2.7m redevelopment. It is often used as a venue for high-profile social events in the University.

The reception will be run by the University Conferences and Events team and will include wine and soft drinks and a choice of canapés.


The conference dinner will take place immediately after the reception. This will be an al fresco dinner in a venue adjacent to the University’s newly-landscaped Green Heart.

Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart opens up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. It provides a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views across the whole campus, as envisaged in the 1920s. The space also enhances the setting of those buildings which border the Green Heart, including the new library which opened in September 2016. It opens up new pedestrian and cycle routes, allowing students, staff and visitors to the campus to travel safely and with ease. Throughout the design process, the project team have also sought to create a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape; both for people and wildlife

The dinner will offer UK Speech attendees a choice of Asian, North and South American, British, European and Middle Eastern ‘street food’. Although UK Speech 2019 will take place just three days after mid-summer’s day, there will be indoor seating in case of bad weather.

The dinner venue is also adjacent to the university’s Bratby bar, located on the ground floor of staff house, where attendees can purchase additional drinks.